Newsletter April 2017
RECAP! 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
More than 750 youth workers, educators and community partners joined together on April 10-11 to connect, learn, and access resources that advance learning opportunities for Indiana's K-12 youth. This year's theme was focused on how afterschool and school can join forces for kids. By engaging the extended community and, more importantly, principals and afterschool leaders, we can begin to work together to improve and connect learning for every student!

Big thanks to ALL of our generous Sponsors, including Presenting Partner: Indiana Department of Education & Platinum Sponsor: Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson & Indiana MoneyWise.

- See full listing of 2017 Sponsors HERE
- Provide your feedback on the 2017 Summit HERE
- Find 2017 Presenter Materials HERE
- Checkout the 2017 Summit Photo Albums HERE (Michael Crook Photography)
- Download the full Summit program HERE
- Check our 2017 Summit Storify and see the Social Media chatter from #IANsummit2017 HERE!

THANKS again to all of the 2017 presenters, sponsors, partners, volunteers AND PARTICIPANTS!

The Indiana Afterschool Network is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during "Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week"

We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:
  • Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. #heartofafterschool"
  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
  • Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
  • Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program.
    For more resources and information check out

Evansville School Corporation and YMCAs Host Visit by Congressman Larry Buschon
The April 13th visit provided a look into the wide range of programs and collaborations thriving at Evansville's Caze afterschool program, including the strong afterschool and 21st CCLC landscape throughout the Evansville community. Legislator visits like these convey a strong message as to the importance of afterschool programs and the impact that they have on the students and families that we all serve.

Upcoming Congressional recesses and national Out-of-School Time events are an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, specifically: Memorial Day and July 4th Recesses, Summer Learning Day (July 13), Lights On Afterschool (October 16). If you need assistance or tools to plan, checkout the Indiana Afterschool Advocacy Toolkit or contact Sara at IAN today!

ADVOCACY: Sharing Your Evidence That Afterschool Contributes to Student Achievement
President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, the only dedicated federal funding for afterschool, before school, and summer learning. It's now up to Congress to counter the cut-and sustain the 21st CCLC programs relied on by families across the nation to keep kids safe and engaged. Your representatives in Congress need to hear from you.

If the proposed elimination is enacted, nearly two million children nationwide - and 20,000 in Indiana - would lose access to the high quality afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs they need.

In addition, other important funding sources for afterschool are under consideration for funding cuts including the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). In Indiana, CNCS provides grant funds for 528 AmeriCorps members. These AmeriCorps members support youth development and education programs serving more than 33,000 Indiana students in grades K-12.

It is important that the voices supporting afterschool continue to be heard over the coming months of the FY18 budget process.

  • TWO MINUTE ACTION: Use the Afterschool Alliance action template to add your voice to the outreach to Congress HERE (Quick Lobbying)
  • Talk to your alumni, share their stories - with policymakers, newspapers, potential allies
  • Share your 21CCLC evaluation reports with policy makers
  • Participate in Summer Learning Day on July 13, 2017 - invite legislators to come to your programs
  • Not sure who your representative is? Find out HERE.

Stay Up To Date: Follow the Indiana Afterschool Network's

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Evansville Afterschool Coalition
Friday April 21, 11:00 AM CT
Berry Plastics 101 Oakley St. - Evansville IN
(Entry will be at the corporate entrance on the NW corner of the building on the corner of Franklin and First Ave. Door 3)

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Tuesday April 25, 11:00 AM ET
United Way of Greater Lafayette
1114 East State Street - Lafayette, IN

NWI Afterschool Network
"Brain Games" Training with Chicago Museum of Science & Industry
Thursday April 27, 10:00 AM to Noon CT
Mullen School
100 Manny Court - Michigan City, IN

Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network
Thursday, May 11, 9:00 AM ET
Terre Haute Children's Museum
727 Wabash Ave - Terre Haute, IN

Bloomington Afterschool Network - May Meeting
Friday, May 12, 10:00 AM ET
PALS (People & Animal Learning Services)
7644 W Elwren Road - Bloomington, IN 47403

Bloomington Afterschool Network - May Training with CASY
"Kids Gone Wild: Building Emotional Skills in School Age Children"
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 10:00am-4:30pm
Monroe County Public Library
303 E Kirkwood Ave, - Bloomington, IN
No Charge, Lunch Provided
Registration Required by May 5 at:

Now Accepting Applications: National Afterschool Matters Fellowship
The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Cohort 2 will begin in September. We are looking for our next group of motivated, dedicated out-of-school time professionals who are ready to engage in a process of leadership development where they learn to reflect on, study, improve, and assess their work with a view toward improving its quality and impact. Over the course of two years, NASM Fellows come together for annual expense-paid retreats, participate in monthly virtual meetings, receive yearly stipends, produce published works, and build a national network of peers. To be considered, submit your application by May 31, 2017.  More info HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute offers FREE proposal review
If you're applying for a grant, submit your proposal and an IYI consultant will offer you free feedback to strengthen your submission. More HERE.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation, the charitable arm of athletic products retailer Finish Line, provides funding to youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged children and those with special needs.

To that end, the foundation administers three grant programs: Programmatic grants, Legacy grants, and Founder's grants.

1) Programmatic Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of community-based athletic programs and to established camps that teach active lifestyle and team-building skills.

2) Legacy Grants: Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to support new facilities improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property.

3) Founder's Grants: Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for emergency needs that may be keeping the organization from providing current services, such as a natural disaster or other unforeseen fiscal circumstance.

More information.

GM STEM Education Proposals
Grants of $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to improve STEM outcomes for students in grades 3-12 and college, with a special emphasis on women and minorities. Due May 12. More info HERE.

Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants
The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) is pleased to announce a second round of planning grant opportunities to aid in the development of education-workforce pathways. This funding (up to $15,000) may be used for the research of promising practices and the creation of a career pathways implementation plan.

The Education-Workforce Partnership awardees, with technical assistance from CELL, will use promising models of education-workforce alignment to design an implementation plan for career pathways in their region. Implementation plans might include promising practices such as Early College Polytechnic, academy models, or more organically developed customized approaches. See Request for Proposals for further details. Due May 5. More info HERE.

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is committed to supporting services, programs and organizations that address underlying causes of social problems affecting African American communities, families and ultimately children.

Grant opportunities include:

Hidden Talent - Independent STEM Grant is open to 501(c)3 organizations who create programs that build and prepare a pipeline of talent for college-ready Middle - High School youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math.

Hidden Talent - Independent College Preparation/Readiness program is open to any 501(c)3 who creates or builds and prepares a pipeline of talent for overall college readiness for High School students.

Heart & Mind - Independent Grant will be awarded to 501(c)3 organizations who provide access to Heart & Mental Health Education and resources for the prevention, detection and/or treatment support for disadvantage or underserved communities.

Our Village - Independent Grant is open to any 501(c)3 organization that provides programs that create or strengthen opportunities for educational or economic growth and/or nurturing of the Family Unit/Community. 

The Home Depot Foundation   offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. The primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of existing homes, community centers, schools and other similar facilities. Deadline December 31. More information.

The Clif Bar Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants program
Through the program, general operating support grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded along with funding for specific projects that align with one or more of the foundation's focus areas: promoting Earth's beauty and bounty; creating a robust, healthy food system; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities  Next deadline: June 1.

The Festival Fund was established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that enrich cultural life by celebrating cultural expression and encourage understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Qualifying community organizations may apply to receive funding to support their international or cultural event in grant awards ranging from $500-$2,000. The Fund is supported by a generous grant from the Indianapolis Foundation with additional support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting grant applications from K-5 grade school teachers for innovative science or math projects in their own classroom. The foundation awards individual grants of up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers in public or private nonprofit schools in support of hands-on science or math education projects. The funds are for project-related materials only. The foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms. 

Karma for Cara Foundation encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens, Karma For Care Foundation wants to hear what kids are passionate about. 

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education has grants available for specific projects within schools serving all children (including students who learn differently) pre-K - 12, that integrate the arts into educational programs. The purpose for this grant is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish or maintain an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.
More information. 


The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.


1.  Use Indiana's Top Ten Quality Standards for OST as a pathway to quality improvement.

2.  Assess your program sites and organization by using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA)

3.  Develop your staff using the NEW! Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning .  A high quality, online training specifically designed for Out-of-School Time Professionals

This NEW online PD system was created in partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware and offers the latest in training specifically designed for Indiana's before school, after school, school age child care and summer programs.

Benefits to Your Program and Staff:
*    Professional Development anytime, anywhere!
*    36 Best Practice Learning Modules (2 hours each)
*    Aligned with IN Afterschool Standards and IN Youth Development Credential (IYD)
*    In-depth curriculum content, interactivity and rich visuals
*    Useful resources and real life scenarios
*    Pre- and Post-tests
*    Certificates and User accounts to track progress
*    Customer Service
*    Technical Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell
STEM in the Indiana General Assembly HB 1001, the biannual budget bill for Indiana actually includes $2M for STEM education! Termed "STEM Program Alignment" the budget calls for $1M for each year, allocated to the Department of Education. The funds are to be used "to fund research, surveys, and related staff support activities to develop recommendations to improve elementary and secondary student achievement and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects throughout Indiana and to improve coordination among the various STEM initiatives. The department of education shall collaborate with the commission for higher education, the department of workforce development, the Indiana economic development corporation, the office of the governor, and the business community regarding programs, procedures, funding, and related policy matters to ensure equal and daily access to a quality, standards-based kindergarten through grade 12 STEM education." The STEM Teacher and Recruitment Fund is budgeted to be renewed for $5M per year through the Commission for Higher Education. And the DWD Skill-Up IN Grants are included under "Career and Technical Education Innovation and Advancement" for $24.365M per year across many programs.

Upcoming Events Indiana FIRST Events
Learn more about events Indiana robotics teams are attending, where you can see the FIRST programs in action, and what Indiana STEM events are coming up! Visit the Events Page for more details.
Perry Meridian District, Indianapolis - March 24-25
State Championship, Huntington - April 7-8

STEM Ready America, a collection of articles, highlights how young people are developing STEM knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow.

Developed by STEM Next, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this compendium provides persuasive evidence and real-world examples to help bring quality STEM learning to children and youth across the nation.

STEM Ready America builds on the award-winning 2013 publication, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, which made the definitive case for afterschool programs and summer learning.

Check out the STEM Ready America website or find a summary of the findings on Afterschool Alliance's website here.
4th Annual Eco-Science Fair, Indiana State Museum - April 21, 2017  
Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science fair projects on a range of topics including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative fuel, and recycling initiatives in their school and community. For more information, contact Katelyn Coyne, Public Programs Developer, To fill out an application to participate, visit 

Teen Science Cafe Network
Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply.

Interested in becoming a PBL Certified Teacher/Facilitator?
Experience in the utilization of PBL is being recognized by an increasing number of school leaders as a valued experience for educators, and the PBL certification demonstrates that a high level of quality and success has been achieved.

The mission of the Magnify Learning Educator PBL certification is:

- to establish standards and systems for certifying accomplished PBL educators
- to provide support and networks for PBL educators
- to engage PBL certified teachers and leaders in on-going professional development

Learn more about PBL Certification and begin your PBL certification process today here:

The Afterschool STEM Hub is a collaboration among out-of-school-time program leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of informal, afterschool and summer programs in the STEM learning ecosystem.  It is led by the Afterschool Alliance and generously supported by STEM Next, an initiative launched by the Noyce Foundation. NAA is a member of the Hub.  For more information on this initiative (including the list of participating organizations) please visit 

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

Indiana Department of Education STEM School Certification Program
For details on the process to earn the IDOE designation of a STEM School, follow THIS LINK Note that, to be certified as an IDOE STEM school, a school must offer an afterschool program in STEM.
Connect & collaborate with STEM programs through The Connectory!
With the launch of The Connectory, it's easier than ever for kids to connect with STEM programs and opportunities, and for STEM practitioners to collaborate, develop partnerships, and share resources. This free online collaboration tool gives STEM program providers a chance to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Families, in turn, have a free, go-to resource to connect the children in their lives to STEM learning opportunities in their community.

Scholar Success Program (SSP)
Beginning with the Class of 2017, Scholars are required to complete the Scholar Success Program (SSP) activities each year in order to maintain scholarship eligibility. Scholars must log in to ScholarTrack to track their progress. Enrolled Scholars must first register for a ScholarTrack account before they are able to access their ScholarTrack portal. To check the progress of Scholars at your school, select the Scholar Data tab on our website to track and monitor progress 

Indiana Youth Institute's NEW College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit
The FREE Toolkit offers a complete plan for your program, whether you already focus on postsecondary readiness or you're looking to include it. The Toolkit has an appendix that's full of sample forms, links to program resources and a program assessment tool! Download your copy today!

New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.

Indiana Department of Education Office of College and Career Readiness This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education, STEM and eLearning. What does it mean to be college and career ready? In Indiana, this is defined as an individual who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.
Indiana Youth Institute's Trip to College Alerts program provides students, parents and youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information about preparing for college. Subscribers to this FREE service receive three to four texts per month with reminders about deadlines for tests, applications and financial aid, tips to prepare for college and encouragement to stay on track with postsecondary goals. To sign up, text grad + the student's graduation year (ie: "grad2015") to 69979.
Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.

Indianapolis Zoo Professional Development for Educators
Wildlife Science (Third-Eighth grade) April 22 * 9am-3pm
2017 Conservation Educator Academy June 19-22 * 8:30am to 4:30pm
Learn More HERE.

Race for Resources
Through an interactive "speed-networking" process, attendees will learn about 20 organizations that offer programs and services which address issues that families and children encounter such as mental health, youth and family violence prevention, substance use, and homelessness. Spending just a short amount of time at each exhibit table, attendees will learn key information that will allow them to better coordinate services and pursue collaborations.

When: April 25th, 2017; 9am-noon (registration at 8:30am)
Where: Ivy Tech Conference Center Ballroom
2820 North Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week with MCCOY
April 26, 2017, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
MCCOY, 1375 W. 16th St. Indianapolis

To say thank you for the marvelous work you do improving the lives of children and teens in our community, MCCOY staff would like to invite you to stop in for a free breakfast and gift card raffle between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

When you come by, grab a Long's donut and a cup of coffee, and enter our drawing for an Amazon gift card! The winner will be chosen at 10 a.m. that morning and will be emailed with further information for claiming his or her prize.

Patachou Foundation Speakers Forum on April 27 - Indianapolis
The Patachou Foundation is offering scholarship tickets for programs interested in having their students attend the foundation's annual Speakers Forum featuring keynote speaker Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK).The event will be held on Thursday April 27 @ 6:30 PM at The Toby at the Indiana Museum of Art (IMA). This is a great opportunity for exposing students to social entrepreneurship via direct interaction with innovative leaders in the field. If your students would be interested in a scholarship ticket, please contact Matthew Feltrop via e-mail at 
More info on the event HERE

Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in College and Career Planning and Preparation
Multiple dates ad locations across Indiana in May
Join the Indiana Youth Institute as we host a nationally recognized training. This highly interactive and practical workshop will leave you with new strategies for engaging families in college and career planning. Get help with family engagement--one of the most difficult aspects of youth work for school- and community-based practitioners alike. Research continues to show that when families are engaged in their children's education, students are better prepared for long-term success, postsecondary education and careers. Yet, environments that foster authentic partnerships with families cannot be constructed overnight. Based on more than 16 years of experience working in the field of family and community engagement, including with low-income, immigrant and communities of color, this professional learning opportunity will provide participants with strategies on how to create meaningful partnerships with families that improve youth outcomes. More info HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute's College and Career Conference (CCC)
June 20-21, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott North
This conference is a key source for relevant, timely information about education and workforce development in Indiana. Over two days, educators, counselors and youth workers can explore a wide range of readiness needs and options for students. CCC covers postsecondary pathways from four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs. Join other professionals who believe that all kids, all options and all futures are important for Indiana's success.
View keynote speakers, preview workshop topics and register online at:

Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference
August 4 @ University of Southern Indiana in Evansville with a Pre-conference scheduled for August 3 (A Training for Trainers session on Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (C.A.L.M.) Registration $50. More information coming soon.

Stewards of Children
As part of the Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Initiative, Children's Bureau Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS) is the proud facilitator of the national child sexual abuse prevention training program Stewards of Children in Marion County. This national award winning program is a prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To learn about the days & times we are hosting this FREE program, please visit:

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) training team provides a variety of in-person and online trainings for anyone who would like to gain more expertise on a topic. While these events are often promoted through the IPRC listserv and the event calendar, the training portal is where all the information and registration for these trainings can be located. Several free and interactive online courses are part of this training portal and contain hour-long, self-paced modules for alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, tobacco, motivational interviewing, and many more! Most of the trainings that are offered provide continued education units and certificates for completion. For more information on our training resources or to request our training catalog, visit  or email

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a variety of training for everyone who wants to learn more about domestic violence issues. If you are interested in attending an in-person program or webinar, we hope you will join us. Click here for a list of trainings.

Camptown First Aid Training
You can gain the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.  Every year millions of people learn how to help their families, co-workers and neighbors with courses in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Whether you choose the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers Camptown can meet your training needs.  Camptown offers deeply discounted First Aid & CPR training for schools, churches, camps and other, not for profit organizations.  For more information, please contact us at

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:
Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:


WEBINAR: "Healthy #AfterschoolWorks: Free Tools, Resources, & Strategies" Wednesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. EDT

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Understand why the National AfterSchool Association has approved these standards as the ideal strategy to implement healthy eating and physical activity practice in out of school time settings
  • Receive an increased awareness of the standards and how to take the first step towards implementation
  • Locate and utilize practical implementation resources
  • Hear directly from an on-the-ground practitioner regarding implementation challenges, successes and pitfalls to avoid
  • Discuss any implementation challenges
Registration HERE.

2017 National Family and Community Engagement Conference
June 22-24, 2017 at the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, California. Under the theme: Engaging Families: Transformational Moments, Sustainable Practices, the 2017 conference supports all who strive for excellence in family-school-community partnerships. Participants will access 4 major plenaries presenting leadership perspectives from a multitude of backgrounds, including the high-impact work taking place locally in the Bay Area. Over 90 workshops will share evidence-based program practice and inspire discussion about the most important themes across Family and Community Engagement. More info HERE.

2017 QRIS National Meeting- June 27-29, Dallas, TX
At this meeting, you will learn the latest research, effective practices, innovations and big ideas in the development, implementation and revision of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) and approaches to enhancing the quality of early care and education at the local, regional and state levels. The structure of the meeting is designed to foster cross-state discussion and informative peer exchange. 

Save the Date: Beyond School Hours (BSH) XXI
Mark your calendars for BSH XXI on February 21-24, 2018 at Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL!

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 

Lights On poster contest extended
Did your students need some extra time to put the finishing touches on their Lights On Afterschool poster designs? You're in luck: the 2017 poster contest deadline has been extended! Submissions must be postmarked by April 21 and received by April 27 to be considered. In addition to having their artwork showcased on tens of thousands of posters at thousands of Lights On Afterschool celebrations nationwide, this year's winning afterschool artist will take home $500 for their afterschool program-don't miss the last chance to enter! 

Evaluating afterschool: Find your best data-collection strategy
Organization leadership, funders, and community partners are often eager to see the data that comes out of program evaluation, and it is not uncommon for organizations to need additional guidance and resources to start the data collection process. We'd like to share what we think are data collection essentials for this important and possibly overwhelming part of the evaluation process. Learn more HERE.

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has been offering curriculum based programming that aligns with state standards to school groups at our museum for years. We have expanded our offerings-in that now we have the ability to do all of our programming on site and off site. In the last couple of years we have provided after school programming for AYS and YMCA. We realize that in the after school construct-it is a multi grade/age session. We have adjusted our programming to reflect and serve a wide audience.
The following is a link to the education programs that we offer.
We have found "Coming to America", "Settlers and Surveyors", and "A Pledge is a Promise" to be very popular with after school providers.

If you are interested in scheduling a date and time for your school contact me: Roger Hardig-VP of Education. 317-631-2717 or

Registration Now Open for the Indy Parks Summer Food Program

Indy Parks will provide:
· Free breakfast (30 or more) and either lunch or supper for all children 18 and under
· Daily delivery of meals to the program site
· Free training on proper food safety, handling and documenting procedures
· Resource binder of all paperwork to be completed
· A Program Monitor to assist you in having a successful program

The Indiana Department of Education is committed to serving healthy, nutritious meals to as many children as possible this summer through the One More Serve More Challenge. To meet this commitment Indy Parks is encouraging each site to add:
· 1 more meal - Include an additional meal to your already planned meal service
· 1 week - Extend your program by one more week at your current site(s)

Please complete the attached site information sheet for each participating location and return by email, fax or US mail. If meals will be served in a school facility, please provide some type of documentation (letter or email) that you have approval to bring in meals from an outside vendor.

317-327-PARK (327-7275)

Indiana Prevention Resource Center
Have you ever wondered if your program made a long-term difference? Have you ever waited until the end of your grant to do an evaluation? Do you struggle with how to report your evaluation findings? The IPRC's evaluation team can design a comprehensive evaluation plan for your program or grant. We can create data collection tools, construct a step-by-step data collection plan, provide onsite consultation, and craft evaluation reports with analysis and interpretation. For more information on what the evaluation team offers, please contact Dr. Jeanie Alter at

Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) Nature Play Days
From June 10th to 18th, ICAN is encouraging groups across the state to make a special effort to get kids outside by holding a Nature Play Day event. These events can be anything from broad partnership, multi-day community events to a simple guided hike, loose parts play, or a meet-up at a playground. Large or small, free play or department led, the goal of Nature Play Days is to get kids outside and remind families that nature play is important and can happen close to home. Learn more on hosting or attending an event:

On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, by Erika Petrelli of The Leadership Program, is now available for sale at Amazon.  Part storytelling, part personal discovery, this interactive journal takes readers on an introspective journey, as they find what they can Awaken, Unfold, Illuminate, Ignite, and Howl about in their lives. A deeply personal experience of discovery, this book will get your mind going, your heart glowing, and fill you with you wings of inspiration and the whimsy of laughter. As a youth worker, this book is designed to re-fill your bucket so that you approach your work with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility.  If you're interested in purchasing one, you can find them here:

Matific takes a unique approach to teaching K to 6 math using hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes. These immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers are based on a modular and progressive spiral learning system.  We're excited to be part of the Innovation Alley at the 2017 Indiana Summit.  For a free 30-day Matific trial, click here and register:  To schedule a free webinar to learn how Matific can be customized to serve your program, click here to request a webinar demo:

Dekko Foundation Child Development Resources
Resources about how children grow and learn.  The Dekko Foundation encourages grantseekers, parents and anyone who interacts with children and young people to read and use these timeless resources. 

2016 Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator
The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed for a family of a certain composition in a given place to adequately meet their basic needs - without public or private assistance. The Standard makes it possible to determine if families' incomes are enough to meet basic needs.

The Indiana State Museum is proud to offer free museum admission to groups of 10 or more K-12 students visiting from 21st Century Community Learning Centers during school breaks. ISM can help K-12 students meet Indiana Academic Standards in physical science, earth science, life science and STEM-related standards. Research shows that encounters with original artifacts, performances, and hands-on activities, all available at the Indiana State Museum, reach children who do not respond well to traditional teaching methods. Research further demonstrates that children who visit museums have higher achievement in math, reading and science. Please contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson at for more information, or visit to register for a free field trip.

NCASE Resource Library
New, rich resource to stay informed and support your efforts to increase access and improve program quality. The NCASE Resource Library connects you with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in Out-of-School Time.

McCoy's Youth Activity Directory This new edition of the directory is a listing of over 600 programs and activities for youth of all ages in the Indianapolis metro area. It's available as a printed booklet, a PDF and a free mobile app. 

Accessible High-speed Internet- Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national not for profit initiative through Brighthouse, aimed at bringing students and families nationwide online by providing $9.95/month high-speed Internet, low-cost computers and free digital literacy training. Visit  for more information or to sign up. INTERNET ESSENTIALS, is a Comcast program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches. To learn more or to apply, please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855­-846­-8376) or visit  

The Office of Child Care's Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
Website featuring a wide range of resources to help communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections provides a continually updated, free, and easily searchable collection of research on child care and early education for researchers and policymakers. The Web site, , provides access to more than 25,000 resources, including original scholarly research, government reports, factsheets and briefs, data sets, and instruments.

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website

Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store

2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP. 

Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Program Director, Communities In Schools of Indiana (CISIN)
The Program Director supervises site staff; builds new and strengthens existing partnerships; serves as a member of multiple community coalitions and committees; develops and implements training curriculum; and coordinates staff development, program development and implementation of programming.!.html 

Freetown Village is looking for a few people to join their camp family! Adult candidates must be enthusiastic, creative, and have a genuine interest in the development of children. Freetown Village, Inc., is a living history museum. Since 1990, our summer camp outreach program has impacted the lives of over 5,000 children. We seek dynamic and talented individuals with a passion for children and for learning. Our curriculum has been designed to incorporate the Indiana State Standards. Each week, children ages 5 - 14 (K-8th) participate in a series of cultural, social, and community awareness activities. From practical, hands-on history projects, team building exercises, and field trips, children will develop a greater sense of community and personal responsibility. Click HERE for full description of role and qualifications.


Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles. More info  HERE .

DuPont Pioneer's giving program focuses on preK-12 education, food security and community betterment. Amount: $5000 Contact your local DuPont Pioneer Representative for more information. More info HERE.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Learn more:

American Honda Foundation Grants  The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Funding deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. The maximum award is $75,000.

Half Price Books
Need books for your classroom or program? Half Price Books will consider requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 
The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.

Surdna Foundation 
The Surdna Foundation believes that art and culture training programs can help young people achieve their educational and career goals, and catalyze change in their communities. The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical and life-enhancing skills. The Surdna Foundation value programs that prepare young, emerging artists to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. Amount varies. More info HERE

Good Sports  
helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. 
The NEA Foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff). To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K-12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where we operate stores. Amount: Varies. Deadline: Quarterly.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world. BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Rolling deadline. More  HERE.

Grant Opportunities: Voices for Healthy Kids 
Both opportunities have rolling deadlines and the amount varies. More info  HERE.  
Strategic Campaign Funds: (Open RFA grant opportunity) aim to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be 1 year or less. Awards can be made up to $90,000. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign goaled to change public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Budgets must include one Campaign Coordinator position and a legal contingency of no less than 5% of the operating budget as well as matching funds on behalf of the applicant.  
Rapid Response grant opportunities: aim to fund short-term, reactive projects expected to be pushing policies for passage in the next three to six months and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. These grants provide strategic and supplemental funding for ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Rapid Response awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 and project duration is anywhere between two weeks to six months. Funding is for non-lobbying activities only, must include a legal contingency of no less that 5%, and cannot be used for staff salaries.

Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children. This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs which specifically focus on children's oral health. More HERE.

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education. Grant range:  $1,000 - $15,000.  Deadline:  rolling. 

The American Electric Power Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP's regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through art, music and cultural heritage. Deadline: Rolling Amount: not less than $15,000.
American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. American Family Insurance also sponsors events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences. Deadline: rolling Amount: $250-$10,000 Info HERE.

Signing for Change grants available from $1,000 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations driving social change in their communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information including selection criteria, click HERE.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation's grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Rolling
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation

ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. MORE HERE. 
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000
The First Lady's Foundation exists for the purpose of encouraging and supporting Indiana youth and families. Deadline: Rolling (one application per 365-day period) Amount: $500 or $1,000
Marsh Supermarkets believes that giving back to the community is essential for their growth. Their participation carries forward a long tradition and a steadfast commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Under $1,000: Six weeks in advance of the event or date needed.$1,000 or more: Six months in advance- preferably by November of the year prior to your event for consideration during annual budget planning.

Sears Holdings
The goal of Sears Holdings is to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. By helping to create stronger communities, they enhance the quality of life for customers and associates. Amount varies. Deadline varies.

Beyond traditional banking products and services, Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation's mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. Amount varies.

My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to individual local communities where Macy's stores are located and that fall within the Macy's focus areas-arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS and women's issues. Amount varies. MORE HERE. 

The Children's Obesity Fund
offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children's health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.

Tyson Foods invests in community projects that make a difference in the Tyson Foods communities where employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and environment and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. More HERE

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Amount: Varies Deadline: Rolling. More HERE.

Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling Award Amount: Vary

Let's Play grants offer ten different grant opportunities for organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Amount: varies Deadline: varies

The Hearst Foundation
Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

The Kroger Company Foundation's philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where Kroger operates.
The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Amount: Varies

Connect a Million Minds (Time Warner)
Connect A Million Minds supports include after-school STEM programs, mentorship programs that inspire the pursuit of STEM education and careers, STEM-related competitions, visitations to technology companies and labs, and apprenticeship programs.
No deadline. For more information, go to: 
Wells Fargo offers grants to assist a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Applications are accepted in Indiana on a rolling basis; organizations are encouraged to prepare a proposal using the guidelines and contact their local Wells Fargo location to submit an application.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies.

The World We Want Foundation
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies.

Ford Foundation Educational Grants
The foundation's grantmaking focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling 
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
KaBoom! offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants. Deadline: Rolling

Public Welfare Foundation is accepting letters of intent from organizations and programs working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. Deadline: Rolling More info HERE.

The Indiana Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is pleased to offer field trip grants to Indiana educators and their students. Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

Half Price Books
will consider book donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Listings: Indiana

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing

Find a long list of grants and deadlines including several open deadline opportunities:
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
Fundsnet, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.   
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